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This Is Rocket Science

This Is Rocket Science

Just add water, snap the lid shut and stand back. Attach the foam rocket to the snap can and shoot the rocket high into the air. The bubbling action of the chemical reaction builds up pressure inside the can until the top POPS and flies through the air.
First Days of School

First Days of School

$39.99
Back to school science activities that create unforgettable learning experiences. Make science fun on the very first day of school.
Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes Book

Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes Book

Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes is a geek-chic look at Spangler’s latest collection of tricks and try-it-at-home activities that reveal the secrets of science in unexpected ways. Amazing photographs accompany the step-by-step instructions, and simple explanations uncover the how-to and why for each activity. Make potatoes fly, bowling balls float, and soda explode on command.
Insta-Snow Powder

Insta-Snow Powder

Insta-Snow® powder is the original fake snow polymer that turns ordinary water into a white fluffy substance that looks like real snow in seconds.
Hand Boiler

Hand Boiler

It’s a classic science toy that uses your body heat to make the liquid in the glass ornament bubble just as if it were boiling.

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Jefferson County School District – The Teacher Salary Debate

Our office is located outside of Denver, Colorado. The Jefferson County School District is in our backyard. Teacher sickouts and student protests recently made national news when one of the school board members proposed creating an advisory counsel to review curriculum in AP History classes. Those protests and frustration aimed at the majority board members is only a small part of tensions [...]

Lab Ladies: Welcoming Women in Science

Let’s get something straight: I possess a Y-chromosome and am a male. This single distinguishing factor, splitting our species in two since “a long time ago” was the present, means different things to different people. To the “funny” side of the internet, this means I’m frustratingly clueless. Car insurance agencies view me as more hazardous behind the wheel (until I’m 26). Science [...]

Science and Helping Verbs

I love teaching Einsteinian theory, physics, and non-linear time in my basic writing classes.   Oh, it's called Chapter 10: The Perfect Tenses, but that's just a cover for what it really is: our language's ability to describe complicated scientific theories with just a handful of helping verbs. How wondrous is our language, that with the simple addition of "had" or "have," "shall" or [...]

Tougher Science Requirements Do Not Guarantee Higher Science Knowledge

More Does Not Mean Better A new report from the Consortium on Chicago School Research shows the act of increasing graduation requirements in science for high school students does not necessarily help them grow their science knowledge. In 1997, the Chicago Public School District increased the science requirement to graduate from one year of science to three. The policy change was in response to [...]

The Best Teachers Make Learning Memorable

By Blog Editor Susan Wells As the summer begins to wind down, parents begin to trek to the stores with supply lists in hand and the summer learning break turns to talk about our education system. What do teachers do over their summer break? Some take to the classroom to do a little learning themselves. Some of the best of the best [...]

Are We Overbooking Our Children & Ourselves in a "Race to Nowhere?"

By Guest Blogger Debbie Leibold I’m tired.  I have two sons (ages 13 and 10), I work part-time, I volunteer at both the elementary and the middle school, and I sit on a non-profit Board.  I drive the Mom taxi every afternoon back and forth between every sports practice known to man, piano and band practice, school ceremonies, volunteer opportunities, and a [...]

Carnival of Education: It's So Much Better When You Can TOUCH Things!

We are honored to periodically host the Carnival of Education. Hats off to our good friend Jane Goodwin for all of her work on the latest Carnival. - editor Welcome to the Carnival of Education, hosted right here at Steve Spangler Science! As all good teachers well know, the best education is the education that encourages us all to get down [...]